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Fun Run boost

Upbeat makes $5,000 donation to children’s fund

The Chefette Fun Run in support of the Aunty Olga’s Needy Children’s Fund 2014 received a major cash boost today from one of the island’s leading T-shirt distributors, UpBeat Wholesale.

Director of UpBeat Wholesale  Barry Mayers presenting the cheque to Chefette’s advertising manager Lisa Carter.

Director of UpBeat Wholesale
Barry Mayers presenting the cheque to Chefette’s advertising manager Lisa Carter.

The $5,000 donation will be used to purchase back-to-school supplies for over 250 children in the Aunty Olga Needy Children’s Fund.

Director of UpBeat Wholesale, Barry Mayers, said he was delighted to “give back”.

“The directors and I were so impressed by the high level of community service undertaken by the Variety Club and Chefette that we decided to lend our support to the Aunty Olga’s Children’s Fund through this Chefette Fun Run initiative. We are very supportive of youth services in Barbados and look forward to helping out where we can in the future,” said Mayers.

Meanwhile, managing director of Chefette Restaurant, Ryan Haloute, said the donation came at an opportune time as many parents continued to have a difficult time providing for their children.

He said last year the Aunty Olga’s Children’s Fund had catered to just over 200 children, but that number had increased to about 250 this time around and the numbers were expected to continue to rise.

“At the end of the day it is about the needy children and providing them with the back-to-school supplies that they require. Unfortunately, in a recession the need actually grows. We have more people who require this assistance. So every year whether the recession gets worse [or not], the need is going to rise so we have to work even harder and smarter,” said Haloute, as he thanked UpBeat for the donation.

The 6K run event will come off on Sunday, June 8, beginning at 4 p.m. at Chefette in Rockley, Christ Church and ending at Chefette Fontabelle.

The Variety Club of Barbados is the facilitator of the Aunty Olga’s Needy Children Fund.

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